Deiva Marina marks the border of the province of La Spezia and is a quiet seaside resort where to stay to visit the nearby Cinque Terre. Deiva Marina is divided into two parts, with the old town whose fulcrum is the square in front of the church of Sant'Antonio and the Marina, and a more recent and modern area overlooking the sea. Surrounded by steep mountains frequented by the paths between chestnut woods and cliffs overlooking the sea, the hills offer viewpoints such as the Pietra di Vasca mountain (801 m), which can be reached via a path that starts from the Baracchino locality and from which the view goes from the coast of Sestri Levante to that of La Spezia up to the Apuan Alps and Mount Gottero. In the hinterland there is the Bracco pass, one of the most tortuous stretches of the ancient Via Aurelia, a destination for motorcyclists coming from all over northern Italy to face its curves.
The ancient history of Deiva Marina is marked by the presence of the monks of Bobbio who descended to the area of ??Moneglia, building farms and monastic cells. The village is mentioned for the first time in an imperial proclamation of Charlemagne in 774 with which it gave to the monks of Bobbio, among other territories, also the coast between the tip of Moneglia and Deiva Marina. The first settlements on the hills arose in the eighth century and from here, in the following centuries, the people went down towards the coast, founding Deiva near the sea. Deiva Marina was later and for a long time a fief of the marquises Da Passano who equipped it with a castle before going to work for the Republic of Genoa.
Most of the attractions of the village are found in the part of the historic center including the Church of Sant'Antonio, built in 1730 in Baroque style both outside and inside; the paintings are dated between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Above the main entrance there is the organ built by the Agati firm in 1848. Walking along it you will find the remains of the two sixteenth-century watch towers, erected to face the incursions of the corsairs. The first tower is on the coast, close to the modern part, it was originally cylindrical, but during the 1852 flood half was collapsed. In the inner part of the village there is the other tower, with a square base, placed in front of the parish church of Sant'Antonio and visually connected with the coastal tower.
Deiva has a wide mixed sand and pebble beach where bathing establishments and free equipped beaches alternate. The seabed is immediately deep from the shoreline but for this reason you can enjoy an intense blue sea. After the short tunnel in the eastern part, there is a beautiful cliff where you can treat yourself to regenerating baths in the open sea.
Deiva Marina is a center where to practice numerous sports and outdoor activities: trekking, first of all, since behind the village there are numerous hiking trails, which cross the Mediterranean scrub, suspended between hills and sea. Among others we remember the path that leads to Framura with departure near the Camping Framura, in the Fornaci locality. At the crag of the Sphinx you can practice climbing all year round and can be reached in 5 minutes starting from the parking lot of the La Sfinge campsite. From September to June, then, fishing is very popular thanks to the seabed particularly rich in fish fauna, in less deep areas for mullet and sea bass in winter, and in more melted areas where there are plenty of bream and sea bream.
How to reach Deiva Marina:
Parking: paid parking lots are in Fornaci, on the promenade of the new part of the town and along Corso Italia, the main street that runs along the Deiva stream.
Information and Tourist Reception: Della Pace Square, 1 - Tel. 0187/816525 - 0187/815858